Second Sister originally written by Chan Ho-Kei and translated to English by Jeremy Tiang is a crime novel set in Hong Kong. The story is very compelling. The author has intelligently put various lifestyles, working conditions, family lives, digital world, crime, corruption, everything into this story which will make the reader pause for a bit.
Nga-Yee is a hardworking young woman trying to provide food, shelter and education for her fifteen year old sister, Siu-Man. The sudden death of Siu-Man comes as a shock to Nga-Yee. When she realizes that the trolls in the internet world have pushed her sister off the building, Nga-Yee decides to go after the person who did this. She hires a private detective, N.
N is a hacker and an extremely talented detective who accepts Nga-Yee’s case and promises her to help her avenge her sister’s death. The kind of dark secrets that unfold in the process are shocking. During their investigation, Nga-Yee notices how teenagers struggle to fit in this fast paced digital world and how it’s impacting them in their minds. The story is about how Nga-Yee takes her revenge at the end and if it’s worth it.
The author also covered how some evil people use internet to blackmail young and weaker ones for their own benefits. By the end of the novel, the reader realizes that no matter how advanced the technology is, human relationships and emotions are way too important.
The story gives the reader a glimpse of life in Hong Kong. The author gave a great detail about technology, hacking, stringray, how it all works, etc. I really adore the author for doing extensive research about the same and putting it in a wonderful way in the story.
This book is releasing on February 18th, 2020. I thank the author Chan Ho-Kei, Edelweiss Plus, Crown Publishing Company and Grove Atlantic for sharing the ARC copy with me.
The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals by Becky Mandelbaum is a literary fiction. The story is about The Bright Side Sanctuary in St Clare run by Mona. The story has a wonderful way of bringing a buried sensible side of the reader. Mona and her daughter Ariel whose relationship is ruined after Ariel decides to leave the sanctuary six years ago, get a second chance to fix the damage.
Mona’s love for animals makes my heart ache. Ariel who is living a different life with Dex in Lawrence, comes back after hearing about the fire at the sanctuary. The mother daughter relationship is beautiful in a unique way. Ariel’s first love Gideon and the current love Dex who are complete opposites become friends in strange circumstances.
The story is basically the contradiction Ariel is experiencing between her current life and her life at the sanctuary. There is love, friendship, hope, forgiveness and letting go. If you are an animal lover, this book brings new meaning to your love for animals. I loved the author’s way of putting a bigger picture in front of the reader. I totally enjoyed reading this book.
Thanks to Edelweiss and Simon & Schuster for sharing the ARC copy with me. The book is releasing on August 4th, 2020.
The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders is a contemporary romantic fiction. Theresa and Alessandro are a beautiful couple who come together in a marriage full of conditions. Though the chemistry between them is amazing, Alessandro feels suffocated in the marriage. Theresa who is madly in love with Alessandro tries her best to make the good wife.
When Alessandro understands that Theresa has no idea about her father’s evil intentions, Alessandro decides to give the marriage another shot but Theresa is heart broken by then. The story is beautiful and I cried a lot reading this cute story. The author definitely is on my top 10 list of favorite authors.
The pace of the story is very smooth and as a reader, I fell in love with both the lead characters. The detailing, scenes and story line are very well executed by the author. So much love to her. A must read for romantic book lovers.
The Woman in the Mirror by Rebecca James is one of the best suspense thriller I read in the recent times.
Back in 1947, Alice gets a job as a governess to the twins of Winterbourne. She can’t help falling for the Captain. But before she could dream any further, the house starts playing weird games. Just like the other women before her in Winterbourne, Alice loses her sanity and ends up in an asylum.
In the present day, Rachel in America receives a letter about Winterbourne property she acquired after death of her family. Being an adopted child, she never knew her roots but always wanted to find out her lineage. She decides to go to England to find about her family. Rachel finally finds out about her family, and the curse upon the de Greys.
This is a gripping novel with amazing twists. The detailing took my breath away. I couldn’t sleep at nights and the story seemed to bring a slight shiver down my spine. Extremely well written. The female leads are incredible. A must read, I must say! The book will be up for sale from March 17th, 2020.
Special thanks to Edelweiss Plus and Minotaur Books for sharing the ARC copy with me.